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President Barack Obama FILE/AP/ANDREW HARNIK

President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentences of 98 people Thursday, including six South Carolinians.

Damon Brightman, of Goose Creek, was sentenced to life in prison with 10 years supervised release on March 22, 2006, according to information provided by the White House.

Brightman was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of cocaine base, White House officials said. His sentenced was commuted to 17 years, six months in prison.

Oscar A. Smith Jr., of North Charleston, was convicted July 18, 2005, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack, officials said.

Smith was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 10 years supervised release, officials said. Under the commutation, he will be released Oct. 27, 2018, if he signs up for a residential drug treatment program.

John Aundo Gamble, of Myrtle Beach, was convicted on Aug. 31, 2004, of possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of cocaine base and a quantity of cocaine; being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition; and using, carrying and possessing a firearm during and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, White House officials said.

Gamble was sentenced to 20 years in prison and five years supervised release, officials said. Under the commutation, he will be released on Oct. 27, 2018, if he enrolls in a residential drug treatment program.

Olynthia Louise Hinton, of Chester, was convicted of possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine and 50 grams or more of cocaine base on Feb. 15, 2006, officials said.

Hinton was sentenced to 20 years in prison and 10 years supervised release, officials said. Under the commutation, he will be released Feb. 24.

Antonio Hood, of Lancaster, was convicted on Feb. 2, 2005, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of cocaine base, officials said.

He was sentenced to life with 10 years supervised release, but it was commuted to 20 years, officials said.

Charles Jermaine Keitt, of Orangeburg, was convicted on Sept. 23, 2008, of possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of cocaine base, a quantity of cocaine and a quantity of marijuana, officials said.

Keitt was sentenced to 21 years, 10 months in prison with eight years of supervised release, officials said. That term was commuted to 12 years, seven months.

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.